When you live in an area like Hudson County, the amount of restaurant options can be a little overwhelming. There always is a new place to try. When you’re looking for food + view, you can narrow it down to a few select options, but it’s not often that you feel like you’re dining ON a boat. That’s where Molos comes into play — because boats and eating are a pretty much unbeatable combo (besides cocktails and boats). With that in mind, we tried out the menu at this Greek restaurant in Weehawken, NJ, located at 1 Pershing Road, and wanted to share the seafood goodness that is Molos. The only thing missing is truly everyone speaking Greek and white houses. Read on to learn more about Molos and why locals love it.
Looking around the dining area, you can tell the restaurant serves a diverse crowd — from anniversary dates to guys’ night out dinners to a traditional Greek family dinner, people from all walks of life are enjoying a meal here. The one unifying factor? Quality greek food and a spectacular view. The restaurant also hosts larger gatherings, including weddings, FYI.
Really though, the view is pretty unbeatable — it literally feels like you’re on a boat, with the water coming right up to the building and the NYC lights twinkling directly in front of you.
Before you have a chance to look at your menu, the server will be out with some olives and hummus + bread. As far as cocktails, the Lavender Cocktail is a must-sip — a sweet and satisfying mix of lavender, vodka, lime, and honey. The wine list is extensive, and offers vino from a variety of spots around the world.
If you’ve been to Greece, you know that most of the “Greek salads” that we’re served in the US are BS. Excuse our French (errr, Greek). Seriously though — do you know the way to tell that it’s authentic? THE CHEESE! Your feta cheese should be a large block on top (see above), and the dressing should be olive oil and some tasty spices. Molos did just that.
All salad jokes aside, it’s clear the Greeks know what they’re doing when it comes to seafood and their authentic entrees. Molos has a specials menu with fresh catches from the day.
The seafood kristharoto (orzo with mussels, shrimp, lobster, and calamari) was delicious. It was really authentic and cooked to perfection — the orzo was the ideal consistency (not too mushy, not too stiff), and the seafood was seasoned appropriately, rather than overwhelmingly fishy. We would 100% order it next time.
The filet mignon was cooked medium well and served with Madeira peppercorn reduction. The 12 oz. portion was just enough for one, with a side of potatoes. The Paidakia (lamb chops with sweet potato mash) was next on our list, but we’ll try that another day.
For dessert —the molten chocolate cake is a great choice. Service throughout the meal was good, and the waitress was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the cuisine. If you’re trying to go Santorini-style with your meal finale, the Vinsanto dessert wine is a great choice, clearing the palate but still staying true to your sweet course. If you’re a little more aggressive, try a shot of Sambuca, the licorice-flavored liquor — or Ouzo, which is an anise-flavored aperitif that is widely consumed in Greece and Cyprus.
No matter how you end your meal, just know if you have Greek friends, they’ll nod their heads in approval. Molos is a top-notch authentic Greek locale with beautiful views. Now all you need is a time-travel machine to transport you right to the Greek Isles and your vacay is complete!